Ambassadors

Our ambassadors provide guidance to the organising team of Social Media Week Bristol. They identify trends, topical subjects, support with event curation, share their specialist skills and knowledge, open up their networks and amplify SMW Bristol news. All have wide and varied day jobs but have been chosen as ambassadors because their passion for social media spills over into other areas of their lives!

Christian Annesley

Christian Annesley

Business writer and speaker

Christian Annesley is a business writer and speaker who mixes events work and coverage with long-form journalism, commercial content campaigns and ghost-writing of books.

Enterprise technology is one focus for Christian. He was news editor of Computer Weekly from 2005 and 2007, when the title won a PPA award for its editorial campaigning. He also writes about ecommerce, corporate finance and all aspects of entrepreneurship and business -- for general as well as niche business audiences. He’s interviewed the likes of Tim Smit of The Eden Project and private equity veteran John Moulton, plus many other big business names across the South West region in particular, where he was the launch editor of South West Business Insider from 2008 to 2012.

Social media is a crucial tool for all businesses today, and Christian has explored its development through his writing over the past decade, and uses it extensively himself to reach the right people to turn out powerful, informed editorial and opinion. All his campaign and publishing work these days relies in part on social media to reach its target audiences.

Dan Martin

Dan Martin

Bristol-based journalist and blogger

As head of content at Enterprise Nation, a innovative and modern membership support network for small business owners, Dan leads on providing practical content to help the community of 70,000 entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. He also looks after Enterprise Nation’s social media following of more than 65,000 people and regularly hosts small business events in Bristol and across the UK.

Enterprise Nation’s Small Business Social Media Summit was one of the most popular events during Bristol Social Media Week 2016 and 2018 and it will return in 2019. Away from Enterprise Nation, Dan is the co-founder of Lifestyle District, a photography, arts and culture blog which he runs with his partner Nina, a professional photographer.

Dan Izzard

Dan Izzard

Online Editor of Crumbs

Dan is Online Editor of food and drinks magazine Crumbs, and also helps run Rules of Engagement - the social media network for professionals in Bristol. If you attended last years event you may have come across Dan’s #DigitalSquad so watch out for them again this year as well as a foodie-inspired session tbc!

Heather Cowper

Heather Cowper

Travel blogger

Heather Cowper is an award winning UK travel blogger at Heatheronhertravels.com, bringing 10 years of experience of what works in the fast changing world of blogging and social media. In Bristol, Heather is co-founder of Bristol Travel Massive and founder of the Bristol Bloggers and Influencers community, a community of 400+ local bloggers and influencers. Heather runs training sessions in blogging and social media, managing blogger events and campaigns with brands and local businesses in Bristol and beyond.

James Ainsworth

James Ainsworth

Head of Content – Prophecy Unlimited

James is responsible for setting up Prophecy Unlimited clients with the best possible opportunity to succeed with content that supports or amplifies creative thinking.

He has worked across B2B and B2C sectors to create content that makes a strategic difference and doesn’t just add to the noise.

In his spare time James is a co-organiser of Bristol’s Rules of Engagement, writes the Content + Alt + Delete blog and is Chair of the DMA Social Council.

Jess Siggers

Jess Siggers

Digital Content Creator, Community Manager & travel photographer

Jess is a Digital Content Creator and Travel Photographer, creating social media/advertising campaign content for clients such as Pret A Manger, Toyota UK, O2, Canon UK, Cross Country Trains, Sawdays Canopy & Stars, Beach Retreats & BMI Regional among others.

In 2015 Jess became one of Instagram’s ‘Suggested Users’ (@Porthjess with 44k followers) and she is also a Community Manager, running the Bristol Instagrammers’ network IGers Bristol, with 25k followers.

Jess has been featured by the BBC, Time Out, The Chromologist, The Guardian & Mollie Makes.

Keri Hudson

Keri Hudson

Social Media Consultant, Glug Bristol Host

Keri is a Social Media Consultant with nine years of experience spanning lifestyle, hospitality, entertainment and charity. She’s worked with all sorts, including some of the UK’s best-loved big brands, innovative start-ups and ambitious small businesses. A strategist at heart, Keri focuses on the tactical and tech sides of social media, and is super interested in how AI, voice and other new trends are shaping digital marketing.

Keri currently offers social media advice, strategy and training for growing businesses in the South West, is an Avocado Social Consultant and also hosts Glug Bristol.

Liam Williams

Liam Williams

Illustrator

Liam Williams has been sketchnoting at events since Bristol’s very first Social Media Week in 2016. The visual maps he creates of events and talks are always popular with speakers, organisers and attendees, and this was especially true for our 2018 event.

Liam’s day job has involved working for a number of high profile financial institutions in Bristol including Hargreaves Lansdown and Curtis Banks. He continues to work in the sector, most recently with Legal & General.

In addition he runs his own company called LeoDo, volunteers for Freedom of Mind, a Bristol based mental health charity, and is a brand ambassador for John & Jane, a graphic design company in Cardiff.

Inspiration to become involved in the creative industry came from The Do Lectures in 2016 which taught him that visual learning was best; procrastination will get you nowhere; and that if it doesn’t scare you, don’t do it!

Luan Wise

Luan Wise

Marketer, author, and trainer

Luan Wise is a chartered marketer with more than 20 years’ experience in agency, client-side and consultancy roles. She has worked across a variety of sectors including office supplies, postal services, recruitment, manufacturing, higher education, and professional services – for household names such as Royal Mail, Hilton and University of Cambridge to the kinds of companies that are big in their field but unknown to the wider world.

Alongside running her consultancy and training business, Luan is a course instructor for LinkedIn Learning, accredited trainer for Facebook‘s #shemeansbusiness campaign with Enterprise Nation, author of the award-winning book ‘Relax! It’s Only Social Media’ and creator of the ’Social Media Planner’, which was listed by The Independent as one of the 9 best books for entrepreneurs.

Shonette Laffy

Shonette Laffy

Prominent Bristol blogger and Social Media Manager, Visit Bristol

Shonette Laffy is the Digital Marketing Manager at Destination Bristol and also runs the social media & marketing meet-up The Rules of Engagement. In her spare time she writes food guides on her blog A Life Less Organised, and also waxes lyrical about Bristol’s food scene on Best of Bristol, TechSpark and Foozie.